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How to Design an Award-Winning Kitchen?

Interested in creating an award-winning kitchen that capitalizes on the hottest kitchen trends in 2023? You’re not alone. According to Google, these two topics represent the most common kitchen-related searches this year.

But what makes an award-winning kitchen? The answers may surprise you.

“A best-of-show kitchen is more than simply fantastic materials and exceptional appliances,” explains Agostino Fede, owner of NOLI. “It is a design that creates a uniquely beautiful space that flows toward light—whether it inspires movement from one interior space to another, or from the interior to the exterior of the home.” To accomplish this seamless experience, consider the following steps to design your own award-winning kitchen.

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Create a Personalized Design Tailored to Your Lifestyle

When embarking on a kitchen redesign, it’s essential to prioritize a design that caters to your family’s specific needs. Collaborating closely with a skilled designer will ensure that the space truly works for you. Take the time to consider your family dynamics. How often do you entertain? Will the kitchen be a hub for social gatherings? Understanding the number of people your kitchen should comfortably seat and the frequency of multiple cooks in the house will contribute to a harmonious and functional kitchen that brings joy and rejuvenation to your home for years to come.

Illuminate with Purpose

Lighting can make or break a kitchen. It’s so critical, it should be the first consideration, prior to structural design, materials, or appliances. It’s not as simple as ensuring the space is bright, either. While targeted task lighting is a must for the detailed work of food preparation, you also need softer, ambient lighting for your guests to toast you at the end of a perfect meal. During the day, natural lighting should flood the space—while at night, your lighting options should feel warm and approachable.

Upgrade to Streamlined Appliances

Take your kitchen to the next level with intuitive appliances that offer both ease of use and exceptional performance. Seek appliances that can be understood at a glance, making meal preparation a breeze. During the design process, communicate your cooking and baking preferences to your design partner. By considering the full spectrum of your entertaining needs, from everyday meals to special events, you can select appliances that effortlessly cater to your culinary endeavors. The result? A seamless and enjoyable cooking experience that elevates your creations and leaves a lasting impression on your guests.

Embrace Revolutionary Smart Home Integration

In today’s digital age, an award-winning kitchen should also take full advantage of the wonders of smart home technology. Imagine a kitchen where appliances, lighting, and even the climate can be effortlessly controlled with a simple voice command or a tap on your smartphone. From preheating your oven remotely to adjusting the lighting for a cozy dinner party, integrating smart home features into your kitchen design provides unparalleled convenience and elevates the overall experience.


Choose spacious countertops, shelving and cabinetry using natural materials

An award-winning kitchen should delight the eye and calm the mind—a state that’s only possible if there is adequate hidden shelving to allow for open, uncluttered space. In addition, richly textured or sleekly elegant natural finishes can provide the perfect touch to your cabinetry. And don’t forget the kitchen island! Now a staple in most well-designed kitchens, your island should provide smart solutions to meet your specific needs, from built-in storage and appliances to extended countertops for dining and conversation.

Embrace Nature: Connect the Kitchen to the Outdoors

Whether you are taking advantage of an extraordinary view, seeking to link the kitchen to an exterior living or dining space or simply wish to maximize the amount of natural light in your kitchen, finding a way to connect to the outdoors is critical. Large, uncluttered windows, skylights or making the decision to open the flow of your kitchen space to other areas of the house are all options that bring you closer to the outdoors.

Looking for more ideas? NOLI has recently completed a full showroom renovation to bring the latest in kitchen and architectural interiors to life. For a private appointment to discuss your next redesign project, Contact NOLI, today.

Looking for more ideas?

NOLI has recently completed a full showroom renovation to bring the latest in kitchen and architectural interiors to life. For a private appointment to discuss your next redesign project.

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